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ERIC Number: ED516881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 251
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-1246-9
Motivational Factors Influencing the Academic Achievement of Adolescent African American Males
Lamb, Mary Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
This phenomenological study investigated the nuances of understanding motivational factors with respect to the problem of academic underachievement among African American males (AAM). This research is compelling because AAM still under perform as they progress through the educational system despite more than a decade of interventions targeting the problem. This research was framed in a synthesis of ecological model, sociocultural and psychological theories. A phenomenological approach was used to investigate the underlying experiences of high achieving AAM adolescents that would provide greater understanding of sustained motivation toward school. Eight AAM adolescents who maintained B-level academic performance were purposefully recruited to participate in the study that was conducted in a large metropolitan region of the western U.S. Data were collected through 2 semistructured interviews. Data were analyzed using Creswell's template of bracketing to identify significant statements and meaning units and form textural and structural descriptions. Several motivational themes emerged that were perceived as key contributions to academic achievement including (a) parents valuing education, (b) having peers with the same interest, (c) positive experiences in school, (d) mentors and community support, and (e) involvement in extracurricular activities and church. Overarching results led to the conclusion that participants perceived that social inclusion and membership in supportive group settings contributed to a confidence to strive for bigger and better accomplishments. This study can contribute to positive social change by informing early intervention programs that target increased AAM academic success and opportunities for future generations of African American males. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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